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Light In August
Light In August | William Faulkner
A landmark in American fiction, Light in August explores Faulkner's central theme: the nature of evil. Joe Christmas - a man doomed, deracinated and alone - wanders the Deep South in search of an identity, and a place in society. After killing his perverted God-fearing lover, it becomes inevitable that he is pursued by a lynch-hungry mob. Yet after the sacrifice, there is new life, a determined ray of light in Faulkner's complex and tragic world.
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MoniqueReads305
Light In August | William Faulkner
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This is part of my #audiobook project which is my attempt to listen to at least 12 of the audiobooks that I have collected since 2014. I'm almost complete with all the books from that first year. Just one left.

Faulkner is long winded and even after almost 8 hours into the audiobook, I'm not sure that his writing style is suited for audiobooks.

#currentlyreading #currentlylistening

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So good already

Ruthiella The only Faulkner I‘ve read so far. I haven‘t dared to read his more difficult works yet! 4mo
deadrabbitsbooks @Ruthiella I‘ve read GDM & loves it. Sound is good. Absalom is not my favorite. But Light in August is really really good so far 4mo
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Priya2012
Light In August | William Faulkner

"It is because so much happens. Too much happens. That's it. Man performs, engenders, so much more than he can or should have to bear. That's how he finds that he can bear anything. That's it. That's what is so terrible. That he can bear anything, anything."
Light in August, Faulkner

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Arwhal
Light In August | William Faulkner
Mehso-so

I personally wasn‘t obsessed but my professor is.

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JLaurenceCohen
Light In August | William Faulkner

Light in August is not an easy read. Faulkner tells the tragic story of the racially ambiguous Joe Christmas. Faulkner is especially interested in the destructive force of religious dogmatism.

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Nebklvr
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Panpan

Joe Christmas lived a life of brutality and betrayal and died the same way. Brutality and inevitability seem to be the themes. I didn‘t enjoy this one. It took forever to finish.

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Nebklvr
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Taiwan has the most generous and lovely people on the planet. A beautiful place. I would suggest not reading this book while you are there. It is a slog. Not his best.

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laytonwoman3rd
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I buy so many books at library sales. These were all #librarybooks once. #riotgrams

Leftcoastzen You were the one , I think , who said I sould try more Faulkner, cuz I read the early few , any recommendations? 13mo
laytonwoman3rd Which ones have you read so far? 13mo
laytonwoman3rd I think Absalom, Absalom is Faulkner's masterpiece. But for lighter reading, The Hamlet, or The Unvanquished are very good. 13mo
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Lcsmcat
Light In August | William Faulkner
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Two #litsyclassics with #light in the title. @Sarah83

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Nebklvr
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True that.

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Nebklvr
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Good grief.....

SleepyDragon Just you wait ... 14mo
Nebklvr @NeesyBeth Whaaaat? You can‘t just leave me hanging like that! 14mo
SleepyDragon I read this 3-4 months ago. It can be difficult, but it's worth it. I won't say anymore, though. Don't want to spoil anything. 14mo
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Nebklvr
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My next random classic. At least the print is bigger in this one. I think my eyes were temporarily stuck on crossed after tiny print of Don Quijote.

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SleepyDragon
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Another personal milestone reached in my #MtTBRchallenge. "Light in August" was my 14th out of 18 book list, which means my challenge is 75% complete! It also satisfied the $Oprahbookclub prompt for #Readharder2018, but I don't think anything left on my list can also be used for that challenge. Luckily, I'm far enough ahead that I can read other books without feeling guilty any longer for cheating on my #TBR. Not that it stopped me. ??

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SleepyDragon
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This book is not for the faint of heart. It's a real commitment and a challenging endeavor to read this particular Faulkner novel. Not everything worth reading is enjoyable. It will affect you. It's worth the pain, especially in a time in which racism is rampant and validated by the current administration in this country.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Review by Denise: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2251399036
#MtTBRchallenge #Readharder2018 #OprahBookClub

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This passage is written from the perspective of the townspeople, not the 3rd person narrator. The man described is an elderly man who is filthy and a raving lunatic. I found it interesting that the white people of this town would believe that black people would think God was a a crazy white guy they couldn't understand.
Faulkner's depiction of bigotry/racism is really biting commentary, and makes the reader wonder how much has really changed.

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Half way through this difficult read, and this passage struck me ... it seems as if the character, a Yankee abolitionist who moves to the South during the Reconstruction, is combining the concept of "white guilt" with the Christian doctrine of "Original Sin." Originally published in 1932, it is passages like this that make Faulkner so controversial to this day.

SleepyDragon Even though this passage is part of a background story and not part of the main plot, I'm marking this as a spoiler post. 1y
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SleepyDragon
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😈

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SleepyDragon
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*2. Pool in absence of access to a river.

#manicmonday @JoScho

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SleepyDragon
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May Update
4 books read this month, 3 fiction, all print, one steampunk, one classic sci fi, one famous autobiography, all #MtTBRchallenge
A Moveable Feast #readharder #posthumous
The Sirens of Titan #readharder #classicofgenre #GAR
Glaciers #RtC
The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters Volume Two #steampunk

In Progress: Light in August #readharder #OprahBookClub #MtTBRchallenge

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SleepyDragon
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"... scared into telling the truth ... tortured into telling a lie ..."

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SleepyDragon
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Faulkner can be hard to read, but his uncanny insight into the human condition makes the effort worthwhile.

AmyG Great quote. I love Faulkner (but I need cliff notes to read him). 1y
SleepyDragon @AmyG He definitely takes edfort. I have to really concentrate, which is hard with the kids climbing all over me whenever they realize they don't have my attention. I keep rereading and backtracking. This one is going to take me a while to finish. Lol 1y
SleepyDragon S/b effort 1y
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SleepyDragon
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"when anything gets to be a habit, it also manages to get a right good distance away from truth and fact."

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SleepyDragon
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Reading this book now, when every day we are reminded that the current administration in the US has normalized bigotry and validated the blatant racism of supporters, when a major chain shuts down all-its stores for "sensitivity training" after two men were harassed for sitting while black, when an actress calls a black woman an ape and sees nothing wrong with it, is going to be difficult. I literally cringed at this passage of casual dialogue.

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Samplergal
Light In August | William Faulkner
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#7favesin7days ❤️❤️4/7

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DrJunk
Light In August | William Faulkner
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Merry Christmas, Joe Christmas!----Faulkner
#poetwarriors. --not really though

RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
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SmallUniverse
Light In August | William Faulkner
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All the cats want some of my catnip tea #tummyfeels 🙀

Clwojick My cats go wild for my #goodnighttea 2y
SmallUniverse @Clwojick that‘s exactly what this is tea does! 2y
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BookishMarginalia
Light In August | William Faulkner
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Butterbeer latte and Faulkner. Why not?

slategreyskies That sounds really delicious! 2y
SkeletonKey Where in the world did you find a butterbeer latte? Mmm. 2y
LitLogophile Pretty edition😍 2y
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BookBabe Gorgeous photo! So enticing. 😍 2y
BookishMarginalia @SkeletonKey At our favorite Puerto Rico indie bookstore: #thebookmarkpr of course! 2y
SkeletonKey @BookishMarginalia - Time for a trip 💜💜💜 2y
UrsulaMonarch Cool!! 2y
vivastory I've heard this is one of Faulkner's greatest 2y
Hollie Your coffees always look so good! 2y
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Brie
Light In August | William Faulkner
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I own a lot of Faulkner‘s novels, including #Light in August, but I‘ve only read Go Down, Moses for one of my classes in college. #noteworthynovember

vivastory I've only read As I Lay Dying, but I definitely want to read more. I've heard Light in August is one of his greatest 2y
Brie @vivastory Yeah I‘ve heard that too. I have As I Lay Dying too. I‘ll get to both someday. 2y
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Jas16
Light In August | William Faulkner
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I have not been doing such s great job with photo challenges of late but how could I not pull out some #black books in honor of one of my favorite bands. I referred to Eddie Vedder as my future husband for pretty much all of high school and college and this song brings back a lot of memories. #rocktober

BarbaraBB I still wouldn‘t mind too much having Eddie Vedder as a husband 🖤😂 (edited) 2y
Cinfhen 🖤🖤🙌🏻🖤🖤 2y
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Lcsmcat
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A few #red books from my hardback collection. #octoberlibrary17 @librarylooter @anniekslibrary

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Pat1287
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He thought that it was loneliness which he was trying to escape and not himself. But the street ran on: catlike,one place was the same as another to him. But in none of them could he be quiet. But the street ran on in its moods and phases,always empty: he might have seen himself as in numberless avatars,in silence,doomed with motion,driven by the courage of flagged and spurred despair;by the despair of courage whose opportunities had to be flagged

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Grrlbrarian
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A little pre-church Faulkner. #LitsyPartyofOne

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AudreyMorris
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August!
13 books read:
2 for ToB summer challenge
3 nonfiction
1 YA
2 poetry
3 1001 list
10 women authors
4 in translation
2749 pages

BarbaraBB And your favourite of the month? 2y
AudreyMorris @BarbaraBB both poetry were excellent, and the memoirs were both very good. But probably The Gathering. I struggle to compare different kinds of books!! 2y
Reviewsbylola Great month! 2y
RealBooks4ever Excellent diversity! 💜 2y
AudreyMorris Edit! 3 1001 list--Wise Children is also from the list 2y
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RealLifeReading
Light In August | William Faulkner
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Cutting it a bit close this time but here it is!
Thanks all for your wonderful #jubilantjuly posts and hope to see you for #anditsaugust

twohectobooks Woohoo! I've been doing a terrible job keeping up with July but hope to do a better job in August. 2y
aeeklund So excited!! Thanks for hosting these!! 2y
diovival Love your photo challenges. Honestly, your photo challenge was one of the things that helped me feel like a part of the Litsy community when I first joined and was trying to get my social media sea legs. Hope to jump back into the fray in September! 2y
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rabbitprincess Yessssss! 2y
sprainedbrain Yay! I've been waiting for this. 😃 2y
rubyslippersreads Another fun challenge! Can't wait! 😺 2y
TrishB What @diovival said 😀👍 2y
maich Can't wait. Thanks for doing this❤ 2y
batsy Yes to what @diovival said. Yours and @Cinfhen's. Hope to be able to do it again in August, I've just been so tired and frazzled this month. 2y
Loric I'm still pretty new here, not sure how this works... 2y
booksandsympathy Thank you for doing these. I don't know how you come up with all the prompts. I've gotten so many wonderful book suggestions from these. 2y
Dragon Looks fun 👍 2y
RealLifeReading @Loric welcome to Litsy! Just follow the prompt for each day in August (it's up to your interpretation what you want to post) and use the hashtag #anditsaugust and tag me so I can see what you're up to! Checking out what others post is a great way to meet other Littens! 2y
RealLifeReading @booksandsympathy you're very welcome! Love seeing what everyone posts! 2y
RealLifeReading @twohectobooks tbh July has been a tough one for me too! Here's to August!! 2y
RealLifeReading @aeeklund you're welcome😘 2y
RealLifeReading Dear @diovival thank you so much for that! It really means a lot to me to hear that ❤️ 2y
RealLifeReading @batsy there's something about July huh... hope August is a better month! 2y
Gharv Hello@RealLifeReading! I'm new as well and would love to join in! Thank you for hosting! 2y
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Kerouacthedog
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It reminds me of summer because I read it every August. I love its characters so much I miss them through the rest of the year. It's functional, not fancy. #sweetsummerstack

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SimplyShelia
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The result of several recent book hauls! I had to get another shelf! Sorry, not sorry. 💗📚

Riveted_Reader_Melissa 😂👍👍 2y
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Joybishoptx
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So full disclosure...this is not MY #shelfie, but one I took at Faulkner House Books in New Orleans of a bunch of 1st edition, rare and signed Faulkner books. So it's my dream #Shelfie....
#riotgrams

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shawnduffy
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Pickpick

Really enjoyed. Faulkner is becoming a favorite of mine.

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Mtroiano
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"Why are you reading when we could be playing?" #dogsoflitsy

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Mtroiano
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BookishMarginalia 👍🏼👏🏼 3y
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twohectobooks
Light In August | William Faulkner

His voice sounded little, like a doll's voice, like even a big man's voice will sound when he is talking not against folks' listening but against their already half-made-up minds.

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“He turned into the road at that slow and ponderous gallop, the two of them, man and beast, leaning a little stiffly forward as though in some juggernautish simulation of terrific speed though the actual speed itself was absent, as if in that cold and implacable and undeviating conviction of both omnipotence and clairvoyance of which they both partook known destination and speed were not necessary.”

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I didn't get a chance to read a lot this month but I really, REALLY got into @Litsy ❤️ Thank you all!

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Nico_wins
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"Perhaps they were right to put love into books...perhaps it could not live anywhere else."

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twohectobooks
Light In August | William Faulkner
Mehso-so

This is a good book and an important book but I didn't love it. So many lessons to take away for modern readers about how far we've come and why we still have so far to go.

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It was raggedly written, as though by an unpractised hand or perhaps in the dark, and it was not long. It was addressed to the sheriff by name and it was unprintable--a single phrase--and it was unsigned.